Earthquake in Nepal with a magnitude of 5.4 is felt in Delhi-NCR for the third time in one week.

Earthquake in Nepal

The National Center for Seismology reported that a 5.4-magnitude earthquake shook parts of Nepal, Delhi-NCR, and Uttarakhand on Saturday evening, though there were no immediate reports of damage.

The National Center for Seismology tweeted, “Earthquake strikes Nepal at 19:57 Hrs with a Magnitude of 5.4 and depth of 10km with Epicentre at 212km SE of Joshimath, Uttarakhand.”

Three days after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Nepal killed six people in the neighbouring nation, the area trembled once more. This is Nepal’s third earthquake in a week.

According to the NCS, tremors were felt in India from Vadodara, Gujarat, in the west to Siliguri, West Bengal, in the east up to Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, in the south following the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck near Dipayal Silgadhi in western Nepal’s district Doti at 1.57am.

In a preliminary report, NCS stated that more than 260 “felt reports” from Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and West Bengal had been submitted via the agency’s website and mobile app.

The epicentre of the western Nepal earthquake is located 85 kilometres to the southeast of Dharchula, 90 kilometres to the east of Pithoragarh, 140 kilometres to the northeast of Pilibhit, 150 kilometres to the east of Almorah, 260 kilometres to the north of Lucknow, and 380 kilometres to the east of Delhi.

The event was thoroughly captured by 85 NCS broadband seismic stations. Due to the event’s location between the Main Central Thrust (MCT) and Main Boundary Thrust (MBT) and protection from the North and South Almora Thrusts (NAT and SAT), which exhibit noticeable structural heterogeneity, this location is very suitable for triggering the mainshock.

The region has been linked to moderate to large earthquakes of varying magnitude, according to the recorded earthquakes from the NCS’s EQ Catalogue. Between January 1, 2010, and November 8, 2022, a total of 200 km of the present source zone had experienced earthquakes of various magnitudes 5 and above.

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